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Guantanamo Alum Arrested in Jordan Terror Crackdown

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Osama Abu Kabir

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014 10:13 PM

An al-Qaida linked jihadist formerly held by U.S. authorities at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been arrested in Jordan.

Osama Abu Kabir was picked up during a recent crackdown on militant Salafists with ties to the terrorist group’s Syria affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, the Jordan Times reported.
 
Kabir is an “admitted member of Jama’at al-Tablighi,” a Pakistan-based Islamic missionary group “used as a cover to mask travel and activities of terrorists, including members” of al-Qaida, according to a threat-assessment report by U.S. military authorities at Guantanamo, which was obtained by the Long War Journal.
 
The report also described Kabir as a member of Jema’ah Islamiyah, “a Southeast Asian terrorist network with links” to al-Qaida.
 
Kabir was captured in Afghanistan by the Northern Alliance in November 2001. The London Sunday Telegraph reported (Dec. 2, 2001) that one of its reporters interviewed Kabir at a Kabul detention facility, where he called the September 11, 2001, terrorists attacks on the United States a “good” development “if it makes America’s economy weak.”
 
“I hate Americans. In the last 10 years, they’ve shown what’s in their hearts towards Islam,” Kabir said, according to an account of the interview published in the Long War Journal.
 
He was sent to Guantanamo Bay in June 2002. After more than five years at the U.S.-run facility in Cuba, Kabir was transferred to Jordan in November 2007. Following a brief period in Jordanian custody, Kabir was freed and resumed terrorist activities.
 
Four years ago, the State Department identified Kabir as the leader of a Jordan-based terrorist cell that plotted attacks in Israel to avenge military operations targeting radicals in Gaza.
 
The cell was broken up in 2009 when Kabir and his associates were arrested. Although he received a 15-year prison sentence, Kabir was at large “for  some unknown reason” until his recent arrest, the Long War Journal reported Tuesday.

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